Replacing Timex Watch Back

Recently, my wife inadvertently got water in her Timex watch. Even though it is supposed to be water-resistant to 50 meters (~165 ft), which would be a pressure of over 65 psi, it got waterlogged with just a quick trip into the shower… Not sure how that works. This required me taking the back off of her watch and then replacing Timex watch back. I heard her go into the shower and not even a minute later say oh shoot (unlike me, she rarely swears), and then set the watch down outside the shower. I could see water under the crystal. 🙁

In here, I’ll discuss removing the timex watch back and then, more importantly, replacing timex watch back. I’m not sure how the professional watch repair places do it, but I imagine the have a special tool for replacing timex watch back. Actually, the same tool is probably used for all watches that have the back pressed on as opposed to either being screwed on or held on with screws. Several of my “scuba diver” watches had the screwed on case. The current watch I wear has the back attached with four tiny screws through the back plate into the main plate.

Before you remove the back, I strongly suggest you figure out if you have the necessary tools so that replacing the timex watch back doesn’t mean going to the store and having someone else do it. The trick to this is that you need a “cup” that you can lay the watch in, face down so that the rim of the cup does NOT touch the crystal NOR does it touch the stem. I used the cap off a shampoo or conditioner bottle as my cup. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked, none the less.

Replacing Timex Watch Back – Tools

replacing timex watch back

c-clamp large enough to grasp the watch and your holder
a cup or holder for the watch
I used a hard plastic cap to large bottle
Other ideas a piece of HARD wood (i.e pine won’t work)
PVC pipe cap
metal pipe cap
if you’re using a metal cap you will need a soft cloth or other soft item to protect the surface of the watch from scratching. I got lucky with my hard plastic cap.
if using hardwood or scrap metal, you can drill the correct size hole so that it is a perfect fit.
soft cloth or rubber pad to put the watch on (if using something other than plastic as your holder)

x-acto knife
safety glasses or safety glasses

When I removed the back I was concerned about the knife blade potentially shattering and throwing shards into my eyes so I wore safety glasses. (Cheap insurance)

Remove one of the retaining pins from the bracelet so that the watch body is only attached to one end of the bracelet. This is not really essential at this point, but will make re-assembly much easier. Furthermore, you are less likely to damage the watch internals if you get the bracelet out of the way before you open the case. Still, if you prefer when replacing timex watch back, do it later.

Place the knife blade under the tab that is at about 1 to 2 O’clock on the case back as you look at the words in a right side up, readable, fashion. Gently pry the case back up. As it comes up, be sure not to scratch or cut the rubber gasket that surrounds the case. See the attached drawing. The Gasket sits in the groove, and the inner lip of the groove is smaller than the opening of the case, while the outer lip is larger and sits over the watch back. This prevents the back from falling into the watch and protects the soft gasket from damage. Notice that the tab is sitting adjacent to one of the bracelet anchor points that extend from the case. This is great as it gives you an anchor to pry against when opening. Remember this when you are putting the watch back back on.

replace timex watch back

You’ll notice that when you remove the back of the watch it doesn’t pop or snap, it is a gentle continuous motion. Nothing Jerkey. No noises, it weill go back on the same way.

After drying the watch (in my case) and replacing the battery it is a 1216 battery 3V lithium, you’re ready to replace the back. First make sure the gasket is completely and properly seated in the groove on the case back. Clean all exposed areas of the case. I used “Q-tips” dipped in IPA to clean the mung from around the back. It’s amazing how much dirt and grime can get under there given how tightly it is closed. Be careful not to push the dirt into the watch.

Place the watch face down on your circular holder. Ensure that the stem of the watch clears the rim too. In my experience while I could place the watch properly clearing all obstacle, as soon as I began to tighten the first clamp onto the back of the watch it would slide enough that the stem would hit the rim. If I continued to apply pressure I was concerned that it would bend the stem. I thought of two ways out of this pickle. the first would be to cut a notch in the rim slightly bigger than the stem so that the stem wouldn’t contact it. A Dremel tool would make short work of it. I decide to try my second idea first as this bottle cap needed to go back on the product. That was to pull the stem out like I was going to set the watch. That was very close, but worked saving me from having to perform surgery on the cap. Put the clamp on the back and gently tighten it. You want to have the clamp off to the side, close to the edge of the case.

Two reasons for this:

First it will help ensure the sealing gasket is properly seated and not pinched. Second the edge of the case is stronger against in/out pressure than in the center. I envision the possibility of the clamp dimpling the case back before it is seated and possibly contacting the electronics and damaging it. If you want to try it with only one clamp, then I recommend inserting some type of metal plate under the foot of the C-clamp so you can spread the force out over a larger area and be sure not to damage the case back.

Gently tighten the clamp until the case is seated on that side.

Add the second clamp on the other side of the case and begin tightening it gently. Watch carefully as you tighten the clamp. Make sure the watch doesn’t slip or move and potentially damage the stem or crystal as you continue tightening the clamps to replacing timex watch back.

Again, the back will gently push into the case. Once in place, slowly loosen the clamps, one at a time. As you loosen the clamps, be sure the case doesn’t start to come apart. As long as you’ve properly aligned everything and have not pinched the gasket, you’ll be fine.

Let me know if you’ve found this helpful in the comments below.

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  • A Crim

    This man is a genius! I searched many sites to find an answer, and took it to a jeweler who unfortuneatly did not have a special vise and this guy figured out how to get around that. Thanks much.

    • Dan

      I’m glad it worked for you.

  • Surprised

    Great trick! Works easily

    • Dan

      They say necessity is the mother of invention, I’m glad I was able to help.

  • Paul

    I used a little less equipment, but I stayed with the vise technique.

    I had the vise off center with a piece of wood (also off-center) over the face and just tightened the vise. Then, I put a cloth over the watch case and used a pair of groove-lock pliers. I squeezed at one spot on the edge, then moved about 75 degrees and squeezed again lightly. I heard a pop, and thought, “Well, either it worked, or I broke my watch.”

    It worked. [:-)

    • Dan

      Glad it worked! The biggest thing for me is to get people to try to do it themselves.

  • Kat the Geekess

    Pair of vice grips, locked onto the Timex Indiglo watch (crystal protected with doubled microfibre-back in single layer) and a set of channel locks to gently squeeze together. Gentle ‘pop’, watch is good to go again. I thought I was going to break my fingers/hands trying to squeeze it back together before I found your site.

    • Dan

      I tried a couple of times with pliers, vice grips and after having everything shoot out of the side, thought “there has to be a better way…” glad it worked out.

  • Judy O

    It worked for me too! I gently turned the c-clamp till I heard the snap.
    Yes, I agreee, Genius.

  • Cheap to the Core

    Used a plastic bottle cap as described and one large c-clamp. For your recommended metal plate, used two 1.25 inch metal washers with 1/2 inch hole. Placed one washer on the back to distribute the force around the edge and another on the front of the plastic cap to do likewise. Brushed a very small amount of silicone lubricant on the rubber gasket and the metal groove. Centered the c-clamp and turned gently. It was a “snap”!

  • Larhanya

    My husband just put ours back together using a cloth, two loonies (Canadian $1 coins), and a pair of groove-lock pliers (we didn’t have a c-clamp). He wrapped the watch in the cloth, placed the loonies on either side of the watch, and gently squeezed. He said he actually probably squeezed too many times since it didn’t make much of a noise muffled in the cloth.

    • Peggy Wikiruk

      It worked!!! Thank you. Spent an hour trying to get that thing on my watch.

    • Thank you!! I did not have a C-clamp, vice grip, groove lock pliers, or loonies. I ended up using what I had handy…..a couple of U.S. quarter dollars-one on each side with a towel protecting each side of the watch and two regular pliers-one on each on opposite sides. I personally had to squeeze both pliers as hard as I could, but it was enough to get the job done!

      • Karen Sabath

        Thank you — this would like a charm in two seconds!

  • jim

    thanks i am going to try

  • Dave

    I looked at your example of having a cap…and two c-clamps.

    Then I thought of using “Quick-Grips” which are quick vices for clamping wood pieces together.

    They are already pretty wide, and the clamping part already spans the entire width of the back of the watch.

    The Quick grips worked like a charm!!

    • Bonnie

      Yes! Small quick grips and 2 nickels did the trick! Along with the microfiber cloth!

  • OJ

    You don’t know how long I was struggling with this stupid Timex watch, trying to put the backing on. I was about to give up and have a repair shop do it. The answer was right there when I googled it. Yes, you are a genius. It’s the simple things in life that make me happy. Thanks for being there when I needed you!

  • Graham

    If yu don’t have a bottle cap, use a hex socket, that worked well for me

  • Joe Zagar

    Nice article. I wish I would have read it first. Does anybody want to buy a Timex with a cracked crystal?

  • John Preece

    Thanks for the tip. The first thing I saw with a top on was a tablet container and amazingly the diameter was perfect for the job ( about 3.5 cms ). The top was of the type with two arrows which has to be pressed down before unscrewing. A lot of people would probably have one of these in their house. I put the watch, plastic top and piece of wood in my vice and gingerly tightened everything up. After a few nervous attempts it worked like a dream. Just make sure everything is lined up before you start tightening the vice. I tried a clamp first but settled for a large vice which distributes the pressure more evenly.

    • Dan

      You bring up a great point and that is to spread the force out as much as possible. I love that everyone is coming up with different “adapters” to fit their watches.

  • Dredsel

    Like Joe I have one with a cracked crystal for sale. I ordered another on Ebay tonight as I really like the watch. I will try to install the back again tomorrow just for my own satisfaction. I tried a vice without the bottle cap. That was after WalMart was unable to reinstall the back after battery replacement.


    Like yourself, I am a do it yourselfer. Glad I click on your site. Have changed many Timex batteries with some effort getting the watch back back on but always managed to get it back on. This Timex Indiglo was a thumb buster!! Found some other sites and videos and they made it look so simple, “just use your thumbs to gently push back on” Wrong!! So after a good two hours of trying everything from pliers to placing piece of would on back and trying to force down on back, I found your site!!! :0). Read some of the replies, and combined a few. Took a mouse pad to cushion the face of the watch a quarter for even pressure on the back and put it in a vise grip and gently tightened. No snap or noise. Figured it was a waste of time, but to my amazement when I loosed the vise the back was back on! Hooray! Thanks for posting this article and to those that posted replies.

  • ChrisG

    I’m glad I stumbled on to this site. Boy, there was NO WAY I was going to simply press the back on the watch with my thumbs (as most other sites suggest). My first “press” – an aspirin bottle cap – was too soft to work well, but I found that an old light dimmer switch fit perfectly (after drilling out the middle post). It was a bit slippery, but three small clamps did the job. Not a job to try without a little patience. Thanks for the great idea.

  • Tinker Bot

    I had just about given up on closing the watch back because my fingers were sore and it just wasn’t closing but then I thought about how much my jeweller was gonna charge me to do it … So I decided to do a search on the internet and thank God I clicked this link first! I didn’t have a c-clamp and the bottle cap kept shifting so I used cardboard, two layers on each side , and a pair of groove-lock pliers. Thank you for the post and to those who commented!

  • Will Speak

    After many unsucessful attmpts to refit the back to my watch I found your site. I managed to find a plastic cap to protect the face of the watch but I don’t have a G clamp so I used a 30mm square batton of wood about 60cm long which I placed across the watch back while I pushed down on each end, click, job done! Thanks for your advice.

  • sandra

    first let me say thank you for all the help…well I have some good news and some bad news… fixing my husbands watch I managed to get the back on but in the process the small(and I mean small) black seal band that was around the back cover broke into 3 pieces. Can someone tell me if it matters please. Thank you for all the comments.

    • Dan

      I believe what you see that broke or was cut into several pieces is the seal. This purpose of this is to deep moisture from getting into the watch. If your watch had some sort of water resistance, it now has essentially none. The moisture can come from sweat, it doesn’t have to be a shower, bathtub or pool. BE Careful! Ideally, you should find and install a new o-ring. The difficulty is that sometimes the seals are not true O-rings, but more like a rubber washer. (not a true donut or toroid shape)

  • Pradeep Kumar

    It worked for me, thanks a lot for posting this. 🙂

  • Ted Liebert

    Worked great. I used two different pliers and a bottle cap. The key is not to place aby pressure on the crystal. Before I found your post, I did and cracked the crystal. Thanks for your help!!!

  • Normie

    I just replaced the CR1620 battery in my Timex 1440 Sports Watch, and it was simple and uncomplicated.

    Having read the posts about the difficulty in resetting the display and replacing the back, I was prepared for the worst, but there was no need for bent paperclips or clamps. I just popped in the new battery and the display started right up. The watch back fitted immediately and the screws tightened easily.

    It went very smoothly, and my rummage sale watch is purring right along. Don’t be afraid to try to do this yourself.

  • Sharon

    You, Dan, are a rocket scientist!! Thank you SO much!!!

  • Bob

    It worked on my Wife’s ” Brighton” watch.
    I used a penny between the back & small c-clamp to better distribute the weight.
    Thanks Again

  • Susan

    OMG!!! Thank you!!! I have fought this back over and up and trying again!! Almost gave up for good!! I googled and found your instructions!!!! Using the top off my liquid makeup, tissue for “cushion” and a C-clamp…BOOM!!! Thank you again!!!

  • Bob

    Thanks a ton! Worked like a champ. From all the comments your legacy will live for along time. Thanks again!

  • joe

    thanks! it worked, HOWEVER, i did not pay attention to the gasket and when i sealed it, part of the gasket ended up clamped outside the watch. just be careful.

  • Marc

    Thanks, I finally got it to snap shut. Used bottle cap, two washers and 4 small c-clamps. Had to tighten each clamp slowly and work the pressure around the watch. Tried with one large c-clamp, but wouldn’t work on my Fossil watch. This was an especially difficult one to snap into place.

    • I was beginning to think I had ruined the watch back as first attempt failed to seat the back. After trying the two small vise crimps, I was able to seat the back in place without damaging the crystal or anything else. Thanks for the very good info.

  • Tai

    Dan, thank you for your post! Tip of my right thumb is still sore and numb because I tried for 20 min to press my wife’s watch back into one piece. After reading your article, I tried but could not find a bottle cap that is small enough. Fortunately I have a set of Forstner bits from Harbor Freight. On the edge of a small piece of hard board, I drilled a “cup” of about 1-2 mm deep to hold the watch, then using a smaller sized bit (but just a little bigger than the crystal) to drill down a further 1 mm. Now the watch sits securely on the hardboard, and nothing presses on the stem or the crystal. Then I put a quarter on the back and popped it in with a C-clamp as you recommended. So for my wife, I went from a zero to a hero after reading your article! Thanks!

  • Karen

    Oh, you are a smart cookie! I didn’t have a c-clamp, so I used the top from a bottle of nail polish remover, set the watch face-up on the carpeted floor, put the cap over the crystal, and gently applied pressure with my foot until I heard (and felt) a pop. After spending the evening watching every male in my family try unsuccessfully to pop it on with brute strength, it was fun to be able to do it myself. Thanks for the info!

  • Jon

    This was a huge help! After struggling with various methods, I found this site. I used the red cap from an Equate naproxen bottle along with a quarter and a cushioned carpenter clamp. That didn’t quite get me home, so I put the cap, quarter and watch into my table vice, applied light pressure, then the back popped into place. Thanks!

  • Alan

    Thank you so much for explaining the principle! I used a Lipton Pure Leaf bottle cap. I rested the prongs of the watch case against the edges of the cap, with the watch face and stem hidden far inside. I placed the watch-back on the case with one side already seated and wrapped clear tape around the watch and cap. For cushioning, I folded the paper from the battery package, then clamped Vise-Grip pliers on the seated side of the watch-back. I applied firm pressure with slip joint pliers on the other side, greatly deforming the cap, but the watch-back snapped into place and no marks were left in the watch. Total time: 10 minutes, not counting the 45 minutes I wasted before coming to this site.

  • Ron

    Used a 1/4″ long piece of 1″ PVC pipe for the front and a 1/2′ thick slice of 1 1/4″ wood dowel for the back and just carefully pressed it in with my small shop vice. Piece of cake.

  • Seabass

    I used 2 plastic free drink chips and C-clamp. Slowly tightened until you her the snap.

  • Billy Mullinax

    This worked OK for a minute, and then it hit me, “A cheap Timex watch simply isn’t worth this kind of trouble and time.” Thanks anyhow, though.

  • Joe

    The writer means well with so many words but the solution is to simply put the watch and case between the jaws of a standard workshop vise, protect the surfaces with pieces of a cut up yardstick or paint mixing stick, position case evenly, turn the vise handle slowly and it will snap or shove into place and is very noticeable. Forget the hand clamps.

  • Lester Brandt

    Worked like a champ. I had a small wood block of the type used by watch repairmen to hold a watch. I put the watch on the block face down. After carefully checking to see that the pressuree would be on the watch and not on the crystal, I took a “C” clamp, put a dollar size coin on the watch and slowly and carefully tightened the clamp. Snick!!. There it went in.
    Before you do this make sure that the battery is correctly seated in its mount place. Good advice and I thank you.

  • Cathy G

    Thank you so much for writing about how to press the watch back into position! My aunt’s watch was her faithful Timex. I had the same issues as those who commented. I’m grateful for finding your link with great understandable instructions for someone who is not in the watch business. And I had success too hearing the faint “snap”! I found an old G clamp, proper sized bottle cap (for the face), and a quarter (for the watch back). My husband was even incredulous of this accomplishment. I told him about your link!

  • Donna

    I finally fixed mine. I used a plastic cap and cut a notch in it to protect the stem. Taped a quarter over the back. The comment that helped me the most was that it’s ‘just a cheap watch’. I had been being too gentle with it. Decided if it broke, I’d buy another (not Timex) watch. Took it to the garage and used my husband’s workbench vise. Gave it a crank and then more and it snapped into place. I will not replace the battery again though. When this one dies, it’s time for a new watch.

  • Ahhhh… finally I found a way that took 5 seconds. after reading your instructions and thinking what car product, cleaner, polish whatever I might have in the trunk of my car I popped the trunk to start the search. My eye fell onto a squeeze trigger adjustable clamp i use when gluing wood to keep a frame square ir just when a tight seal is needed. mine happen to have removable flat grey plastic pads that slide tightly onto the clamps. i inserted the watch, the grey clamp pads were slightly larger than watch diameter. set it by dliding then gave one squeeze on the trigger and heard what I am going to call a click. I hit the telease button on the clamp and out slid my watch with new battery installed and back cover replaced in seconds. I’ve thrown away Timex watches in the past after being unable to get the back cover on after replacing battery. Who knew …?

  • bea

    i’m glad i didn’t follow this guys instructions as i would have gathered a lot of junk to no avail that wouldn’t have worked. i used a small screw driver because the ex-acto kept breaking one piece at a time. i scratched the back out of the watch but eventually the cover came off, minus the cap or whatever i tried to use and ended up throwing away as useless and in the way. now all i have to do is buy a battery but i’m set to go and put it back in. the next time think i’ll throw the watch away. for the price and aggravation it’s almost cheaper to just buy another timex.

  • Dave

    I’m not usually moved to write tributes but your solution worked perfectly. I modified the apparatus slightly as described by others by using a workbench vice, suitably sized hexagon socket to bear on the case around the crystal and a coin to distribute the force of the vice on the back plate. Thank you for taking the time to help others.

  • John

    I followed Joe’s advice to use just a vise (Dutch: bankschroef). With some simple tape I fixed two flat thin pieces of wood to the jaws of the vise and put some cloth on top of that on one jaw. I also used some thin tape to fix the back of the watch to keep it in place. Then turned the handle of the vise very slowly until I heard the soft plop sound and ready I was.

  • Christian

    There is a much easier way, i figured out.
    Becuase i didn’t have the tools. I took a chair, placed the watch under a leg on the carpet (with the cap to the chair). I teetered a bit and the cap snapped in. Done.

  • Craige

    You posted the best solution for seating the Timex Indiglow case back. My watch fell to the carpeted La Fitness locker room floor and the battery and case back went rolling. Pressing the center of case back was counter-productive. Pressing the outer edge of case back was only solution. Thanks Dan

  • Thomas Smith

    I found an easy fix. I simply put the watch in a vise (wood strips to prevent scratching ) and tightened slowly until it clicked.

  • Gordon

    I read through the many suggestions in the string, including being careful to not compromise the gasket. My target was my Timex Indigo. I still managed to have a piece of gasket sticking after hearing the satisfying snap. Prying the back again I replaced the gasket with a thin layer of auto gasket adhesive that retains a bit of elasticity forever. It might be few years before the battery has to be replaced again. To snap the back on I placed the watch face down on micro cloth on the edge of my work bench (a table would do) then using a 5 inch malleable iron clamp and a plastic dye from a wheel kit was able to apply enough pressure to seat the back. The excess adhesive was cleaned off with alcohol on a Q-tip. Thanks for all the info on your blog. Gordon in Reno, NV

  • Lance

    “Water resistant” is almost meaningless, for a watch, boots, or jacket. What does it mean for a product to “Resists” water? It doesn’t mean it stops water infiltration. It only means it “Resists” water. Even “waterproof” is not a perfect guarantee. No way I would put any hope at all on any “water resistant” product.

  • susan

    there is a special plane in heaven for people who can figure out ways to do things like this. Chipped the Exacto blade getting the back off (old great watch has had its battery changed lots so the notch is getting problematic), but that was better than the kitchen paring knife; getting it back on = 2, 2″ c-clamps (even smaller would have worked) , padded the crystal w/ the corner of a a catalog (3/16″ worth paper?) & just alternatelykept tightening/’skootching’ around the clamps, for a satisfying soft pop. THANK YOU!!!!

  • Mary

    Should have read your instructions first! I shattered the crystal, scratched the front rim and ruined the hands – watch then went into the trash! I had really liked the watch!

  • Sophie

    Wow!!!!! It worked. I had almost given up on my poor watch. I used my Irwin quick-grip clamp and a putty knife, in addition to the shampoo cap. You have my undying respect and admiration!

  • Carol Bunker

    Thank you. I finally got it back together!

  • I used two adjustable Jorgenson C clamps with rubber jaw pads and that worked fine. Not much pressure needed with one on each side

  • Monica

    Thank you! My husband and I tried everything. I even hit the back with a kitchen mallet. I was ready to throw the 9 month old watch away when I came across this page. It worked!!!

  • Paul Robinson

    In the thread of comments here — and elsewhere (see — one can find many different ways of getting the case lid back on.

    We found the easiest of all the tips we’ve read to be the following — no tools, vises,more bottle caps required!

    1. Put some magazines on a carpeted floor.

    2. Place the watch, crystal and dial, face down, on top of the magazines.

    3. Position the back in the appropriate location (the watch stem knob or crown should be on the left side; the word Timex on the back at top). (There is a tiny triangle symbol on the back that should point just to the right of center.)

    4. Place the bottom of the handle end of a hammer or a rubber mallet on top of the watch back. Using both hands (place them on the top end of the hammer or mallet), press down firmly. We found it works best to start pressing on one side and then finish with pressure on the other.

    The watch back will POP back into place! You will hear a “pop” (well, if your hearing is good).

    We’ve done this several times now. Works like a charm! In fact, the harder thing now for us is to get the back off!

    In general, though, our experience has convinced us to NEVER buy the Timex Easy Reader watch again. The CR1216 battery has been impossible to find locally and who wants to go through such a production with the back and risk cracking the crystal! It’s a shame because it’s a readable, decent watch.


    Note: Given that the watch is water resistant, the inclusion of the rubber gasket and the difficulty of getting the back off and putting it back on make sense. It’s just not worth it, though, as to the hassles of battery replacement — and we refuse to join the “throw it out and buy new” crowd every time a battery needs changing! We’re now investigating alternative watches with easy-to-find and replace batteries!

  • Thank you!

    I am in Europe. I found an old British penny coin works just as well as Canadian currency. But the force required is terrifying.

  • John e boy

    I used two channel lock plumbers pliers. I put the watch face-down on a large prescription bottle-cap. This supported the watch without touching the crystal. I held the back in place with one channel lock squeezing the top of the cap and the back of the watch, and I used the other channel lock to squeeze the back slowly into place. Thank you for taking the time to post your method.

  • 1 7wr vise grip and 1 needle nose vise grip, 2 quarters and a soft rag.
    Thank You for sending me in the right direction. I have had Timex watches for 40 + years and never had this much trouble changing a battery.

  • Donna

    OMGosh! Thank you! I’ve never done this before and it worked!

  • Tish Lombardelli

    Wow…after trying for an hour to get the freakin’ back off..didn’t realize getting it back on was also going to be a trial. I read from your site while my husband assembled a pill cap and 3 c-clamps…and by the time I got part way through the reviews..he had the back on.. Thank you so much..! Long live technology!…

  • I have several
    Timex Expedition Indiglo watches showing the date in a tiny window, and the time, I have seen Timex ads showing their watches with 10 year batteries, in place of the usual 2-3 years I get out of a battery. Is it possible to replace the existing conventional Renata battery with a 10 year battery, accepting the increased cost of the longer life battery?

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